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Sprinkle Coal Dust on my Grave

Aug 28th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Video | by Michael Williams

[Thanks Brian]

Comments: 18

18 Comments to “Sprinkle Coal Dust on my Grave”

  1. bernie
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 3:35 PM

    I really enjoy your site and check it often. This video is shot beautifully…good find. It reminded me of a musician that you may like. His name is Sam Amidon and he reworks old Appalacian folk songs…really great stuff.

    off his current release —>

  2. Bill
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 4:04 PM

    A beautiful little film and song. A sad American tale. And a ton of incredible lights, fixtures and furniture just screaming to be salvaged.

  3. Gordon Ye Ole General Store
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 4:21 PM

    Beautiful, and sad. Today, mountain top mining, is creating new areas, that will look like this in fifty years.

  4. will279
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 4:24 PM

    Bill, you beat me to it. We need to rent a semi, go up there and collect a load of authentic old stuff, and turn it into furniture for yuppie scum.

  5. Japhy Ryder
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 5:01 PM

    Not so sad
    just melancholy
    not so bad
    just a time ago
    long forgotten.

    Under the rinse
    there is a rise
    under the dust
    there is memory
    of lost eyes.

    When the steel
    turns to rust
    and the winter
    begins to blow.

    All that which
    was empty
    will begin again
    and the rest
    will surely know.

  6. Emma Howard
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 5:43 PM

    Touching tribute to hard working men who toiled, sacrificed their health and time away from loved ones for ” a little lump of coal”.

    We need to connect with the Earth one way or another. Hanging in museums & private collections are the torn,stained,mended coats of Japanese fishermen.

    Continuous Lean is one of my favorite sites.

    Thanks so much,

    Emma

  7. R4L
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 6:15 PM

    How can we say progress is happening if this is allowed?

  8. Curtywurty
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 9:34 PM

    Is this video shot in Centralia, PA? If so, it is within 5 miles of Ashland, PA, the home of Gitman Shirts. Ashland also has a coal mine you can go into on a little train car, 1/2 mile into the ground. I did the coal mine and the Gitman shirt warehouse store in the same morning this summer. It was very interesting on many levels to see how people have adapted in this part of the US.

  9. Jason
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 11:39 PM

    That is Centralia. Well one scene is. I’m the last scion of that town. I have the dubious honor of being the youngest person to have lived there and we just moved to the top of the mountain opposite the mine fire. I used to give tours to yuppies of the mine fire on a 1960′s single speed red and white bike. It’s 2 miles from Ashland.

  10. Jason
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 11:41 PM

    My mom worked at Gitman for a decade in the 70′s. The coal region is worth visiting for the food and the Americana which exists cheaply and in abundance. Anthracite mind you. I can;t speak about those bituminous fields…

  11. Matt
    on Aug 29th, 2010
    @ 9:15 AM

    Thanks for the post. Beautiful video. I love studying and learning about anything to do with Appalachia, unions, etc (Check out ‘Poor but Proud, by Wayne Flynt), but sometimes its best just to walk around and absorb the history.

  12. Chris Besnon
    on Aug 29th, 2010
    @ 9:47 AM

    Beautifully conceived / filmed / produced and published film. The quality of all aspects is truly breath-taking. Well done! Thank you for sharing it with us acontinuouslean.com

  13. Dan
    on Aug 29th, 2010
    @ 9:53 PM

    This is hauntingly beautiful, though tragic since it represents a former thriving industry.

    If you’d like to explore the fallout from a collapsed steel town, I’d RUN to pickup a copy of Philip Meyer’s novel, American Rust. He treats his characters with empathy and grace. It is the best book I’ve read in years. Steinbeck for the 21st century.

  14. Tintin
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 3:36 PM

    I am at a lost for words. Rare that happens. Beautiful. Heart breaking. Made me think of Matewan.

  15. CTP
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 7:51 PM

    I had no idea Detroit got this bad.

  16. Bill Smith
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 2:55 PM

    Love the video.

  17. Octave C. Crow
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 3:22 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stbg74o2JYk

    Beautiful song written and sung by Jean Ritchie. If you don’t know it, enjoy!

  18. David Fox
    on Sep 4th, 2010
    @ 1:34 PM

    amazing images. beautiful, haunting and inspiring